‘Justice League’ : Joss Whedon Calls Ray Fisher a ‘Malevolent Force’

Justice League star Ray Fisher has been vocal about his negative experiences with director Joss Whedon. But in a recent interview, the filmmaker refuted those claims and called Fisher a “malevolent force.”

Ray Fisher claims Joss Whedon used abusive language on ‘Justice League’

'Justice League' Director Joss Whedon and star Ray Fisher
‘Justice League’ Director Joss Whedon and star Ray Fisher | Michael Tullberg and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Fisher is a trained actor who got his breakthrough role as Cyborg/Victor Stone in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. In writing Cyborg’s story arc for Justice League, Snyder collaborated with the actor and made him a pivotal character.

However, when Whedon took over Justice League, he nixed Snyder’s vision and cut many of Fisher’s scenes. According to Fisher, when he tried to speak to Whedon about specific changes, the director retaliated with inappropriate language. 

“Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable,” Fisher wrote on Twitter

And when some began to question Fisher’s claims, he suggested Whedon could take him to court if anything he claimed were false. “If anything I said about that man is untrue, I invite him wholeheartedly to sue me for libel, to sue me for slander,” the actor said in a 2020 JusticeCon panel. 

Joss Whedon claps back, says ‘Justice League’ star Ray Fisher is a malevolent force

After nearly a year and a half of silence, Whedon finally addressed Fisher’s claims. In an interview with Vulture’s New York, the Justice League director said he was disrespectful to Fisher, And he suggested he sat down with the actor to discuss things in a friendly way. 

Whedon explained that he cut Fisher’s scenes because they “logically made no sense.” And after calling Fisher a bad actor, and suggested test screenings showed that audiences felt Cyborg was “the worst of all the characters in the film.” 

Whedon refuted Fisher’s allegations of verbal abuse and said none of them were “true or merited discussing.” And when asked about why the actor would make these claims, the director suggested it was a result of bad intentions. 

“We’re talking about a malevolent force,” he said. “We’re talking about a bad actor in both senses.”

Ray Fisher responds to Joss Whedon

Fisher has been very open about his experience with Whedon and the studio. In 2021, he openly criticized Warner Bros. and DC Films President Water Hamada for railroading him and the investigation of Whedon’s conduct

And in light of the director’s rebuttal and explicit insults, Fisher took to Twitter to suggest things worked out for Whedon despite the accusations. And instead of getting into a back and forth, he noted he would commemorate the holiday, Martin Luther King Day.  

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“Looks like Joss Whedon got to direct an endgame after all,” Fisher tweeted. “Rather than address all of the lies and buffoonery today—I will be celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow, the work continues. #MLKDay A>E.”